Women and Equity Committee

The IEU’s Women and Equity forums feature members and guest speakers who discuss ways of confronting political and industrial problems and making gains for women. Here are just a few reasons the IEU convenes them, provided by the IEU Organiser Pam Smith:

the gender pay gap is still greater than 14 per cent

women’s super at retirement is on average just 40 per cent of men’s

sexual harassment and discrimination at work persist

women still carry a disproportionate share of caring responsibilities (children, ageing parents) and this impacts income and super

women and men are held to different standards in the recruitment process

evidence shows women are less likely to be hired into senior positions and they are overlooked for promotions

women are looked upon unfavourably when they try to negotiate a better salary.